[June in Japan] Master Post

It took nearly 3 years but finally I’ve completed my June in Japan series! I can’t quite believe we finally got here. 😂

Anyway, I thought it would be easier to have a Master Post for all of the blog entries since there were typically an entry or two in between each day.

[June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto

[June in Japan] Day 2 at USJ Part 1

[June in Japan] Day 2 in USJ Part 2

[June in Japan] Day 3 – To Tokyo we go!

[June in Japan] Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 1

[June in Japan] Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 2

[June in Japan] Day 5 in Tokyo (second day subway-ing)

[June in Japan] Day 6 in Tokyo (a chill Sunday) 

[June in Japan] Day 7 in Tokyo DisneySea

[June in Japan] Day 8 in Tokyo DisneyLand

[June in Japan] Day 9-10 in Tokyo

 

Happy reading!

 

With love,

From Hua Hin

[June in Japan] Day 9-10 in Tokyo

Since I’ve posted my first entry in 9 month just a few hours ago, I thought it’d be best to make a start on a new entry to get the momentum going. 🤣

There are only 2 days left for my June in Japan series so I thought I’d combine them together because we didn’t do that much in our last full day in Japan.

This is the first part of this amazing adventure in Japan last June (2016): [June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto

Previously, on our adventure: [June in Japan] Day 8 in Tokyo DisneyLand 

On our last full day in Japan, we went to Ikebukuro first. Lune wanted to try a choux cream there and we did find the place, it’s called Chouxcream Chouxcri

From the website, the one in the JR Ikebukuro station is near the South Exit. I remember that you will find it as soon as you exit the station at the right place.  

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Here’s a picture of the place from lune, though this may be from the branch in Shinjuku rather than the one in Ikebukuro where we visited in 2016.

I also had my eyes on an apple pastry which was on the other side of the station. As long as you went out of the station at the right exit, you’d be able to smell the pastry from metres away.

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The shop from the outside.

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If I remembered correctly, you were only to go into the shop one at a time.

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The pastry and the apple filling was good but it wasn’t mind-blowing.

After that, we went on a hunt for a Japanese curry place. We found that there is a curry place in Ikebukuro but it was a little bit of a walk. We managed to find it in the end (it was a bit obscure) but it’s more of an Indian curry place. It was still very good and it was an all-you-can-eat place!

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I remembered that it was delicious though we couldn’t eat that much since we both had choux cream/apple pastry beforehand. 😂

Afterwards, we ended up in my favourite area of Tokyo: Shinjuku

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We just walked around, did some last minute shopping. We also found a really good chocolate place in the NEWoMan area near the Shinjuku Southern Terrace called Pierre Marcolini Chocolatier. (Here’s the Japanese website if you’re interested.)

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This is their cool chocolate drink and it was like drinking liquid chocolate. So. Good.

We then spent a bit of time, just lounging around that area and catch some great view.

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In case we didn’t know where we were. xD

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Got my wide lens out to capture this shot.

I picked this yoghurt drink up on the way back to our AirBNB flat.

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Not going to lie, it got my attention from the package design. xD The marketing worked!

And here is the summary of how much we’d walked that day:

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We packed that night and the next morning. Our flight was in the evening the next day but we booked the 12.40pm train to Narita International Airport.

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I’ve bought this selection of food/snacks along the way and must have had it for breakfast.

We took the Yamanote train from Takadanobaba to Shinjuku (2 stops). As we were exiting the station, we walked past this mini choux cream place and I couldn’t resist trying them out.

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We couldn’t choose the flavour of the filling, I don’t think, but I thought there were quite nice. However, when I went back to Shinjuku last year, the place has now changed to a souffle-pudding place instead…

Anyway, we left with ample time so we didn’t have to rush and so we had time to have an early lunch at around the same spot where we were the day before.

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Yeap, another chocolate drink.

I couldn’t resist getting another chocolate drink, this time around it was with passion fruit flavour thrown in as well. I preferred the plain chocolate one actually…

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And here is my lunch. I liked the pork cutlet at Maisen so I bought their sandwich from a supermarket near our AirBNB flat.

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It was pretty good for a sandwich.

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The weather was so lovely that day that we were a little sad because we had quite a few grey and wet days during our stay in Tokyo. 😂 Still, it was probably better not having to lug our luggage through the rain. xD

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Our Narita Express ticket. We paid more for a shorter journey. It usually takes around an hour and a half to get from Shinjuku to Narita International Airport. Our flight was around 5pm so we made it with lots of time. (I’m that kind of people who like to get to the airport 3 hours before my international flights xD)

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My last haul from that trip, which I must have enjoyed before we went through security. 🤣

And here is the final summary for the last day of our trip!

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We landed in Bangkok safely and without delays and were already planning for our next trip. 🤣

 

It was a dream being able to take this trip to one of my favourite places in the world with one of my favourite people. We had a fantastic time exploring more of Japan as well as hitting the theme parks!

And with that, I can finally conclude our trip series! It’s taken nearly 3 years to complete this but better late than never! 😂 I’ll make another entry with all of the links in one place to make it easier for readers(?) to navigate.

Thank you so much to anyone who’s read it this far! I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I did during the trip.

 

With love,

From Hua Hin

 

[June in Japan] Day 8 in Tokyo DisneyLand

I’ve seem to be on a roll today so here I am, starting another blog entry! (3 July) I’m hoping that this entry won’t take another 3 months to be completed. 😂 It is going to be another long one though because I don’t want to cut it into 2 parts so please bear with me!

I just want to get right into it so here is the first part of this amazing adventure in Japan last June (2016): [June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto

Previously, on our adventure: [June in Japan] Day 7 in Tokyo DisneySea

We started the day around the same time as the day before, except the weather was much worse.

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It was quite wet and grey in the morning. It was a good thing that I brought my cardigan with me, poor lune was quite cold in her short sleeves shirt.

As mentioned in the previous entry, Tanabata was just around the corner and Tokyo DisneyLand decorated its park to match the theme too.

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It looked like there were a lot of people but that could be because everyone didn’t fancy going out in the rain. There’s a roof over World Bazaar which made walking around in bad weather much easier.

We turned right in World Bazaar and gone into Tomorrowland for our first ride.

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Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek! It is a popular ride and I would recommend getting the FASTPASS for it. But since it was still pretty early, just before 10am, and the weather wasn’t nice, the stand by queue wasn’t too bad for us.

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“Working hard? Or hardly working?” This quote cracks me up because it hits pretty close to home, lol.

It was a pretty fun ride, where you shine a torch on the sensors and set the animatronics in motions. If you are a big fan of Monsters, Inc., you will have a fab time. And even if you aren’t (I because I’m not), I still have a fun time every  time I’ve been on it.

We then walked further into Fantasyland to get a FASTPASS for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt. We still had a bit of time before our time slot so we came out to Castle to snap a few photos.

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It wasn’t pouring per se, but it wasn’t a drizzle either…

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Hello Mr. Walt!

There’s a plaque underneath the statue and here’s what is written on it.

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It definitely is one of my happiest places on Earth!

We then made our way back into Fantasyland for Pooh’s Hunny Hunt!

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The interior is very cute, they make it feels like we are walking into a story book. Super fun ride, I really enjoy it every time.

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Since it was still raining, we popped into Mickey’s PhilharMagic to hide for the rain and see what was the ride like. Turned out, it wasn’t a bad choice to go into to hide from the rain, but it’s not a Must Do for me.

We then walked a little bit into our next ride, which was Peter Pan’s Flight.

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My sister really likes this ride, I quite enjoy it too but it’s not mind blowing or anything to me. I find it a bit funny that it’s a very popular ride in Magic Kingdom. I suppose if you are a fan of the film, you will get a lot of joy out of this ride. Not that I don’t like the ride, I do, but I wouldn’t say it’s on my the Must Do list.

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Anyway, I ate this rice ball while we were queueing to pass the time xD

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And look! My nails glowed in the dark! xDDD

Afterwards, we took a small detour to go to Critter Country to get a FASTPASS for Splash Mountain and I took a picture of one of my favourite corners in Tokyo DisneyLand.

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We then made our way back to Tomorrowland through Fantasyland (we walked by this path many times that day, lol).

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Sights along the way

 

Our next ride is the Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland.

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It’s a pretty fun ride, you have to shot at targets to earn points. I find it difficult to get the aims right so my score isn’t too high but I’m enjoying it more and more!

After that, it was time for lunch (1pm). It was still drizzling as well so we took cover at Queen of Heart’s Banquet Hall.

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The interior decor

It is quite well known to be one of the most themed restaurant in Tokyo Disney Resort, and the food is great here. I first visited in April 2015, with a cousin and a friend. I tried the Rotisserie chicken dish and I was hooked! It is one of the best roast chicken I have ever had.

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Since then, every time I visited Tokyo DisneyLand, this is the restaurant I go to for lunch. And I always have the Rotisserie chicken. 🙂

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I also ordered hot tea as well, because I could never drink too much tea. And look! Disney tea! (It just tasted like black tea, but more expensive because Disney. 😂)

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I also brought the strawberry cake from Ginza with me and it fit with the theming! 😂

We must have spent about an hour in there before we were ready to face the crowd and grey weather once more.

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When we came out, we saw parts of the parade too so here are some photos from that.

And then, it was time for my favourite ride in Tokyo DisneyLand: Splash Mountain.

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Of course we got a FASTPASS xD

I don’t know why, but this is my ultimate favourite ride in DisneyLand. It’s been my top ride since I was 13, I think, and now it’s just for my inner teen that gets giddy every time.

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It’s also not a short ride. As in, you are on the ride for about 5 minutes and it has a story line and it’s a thrill ride! Basically, everything I love in a ride. So every time I visit Tokyo DisneyLand, it’s an absolute must. Even if it’s pouring, I will be on that ride xD

And I have done that before as well. XP

After getting off Splash Mountain, we ventured further back in Critter County and found another restaurant, the Rackety’s Raccoon Saloon. I’ve been on Splash Mountain many times before, but I would head out straightaway after I’ve gotten off the ride. This was the first time I actually went further in.

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Tortilla Cheese Dog

I’m a fan of hot dog so when I saw the Tortilla cheese dog on the menu, I had to give it a go. It was all right and I’m glad I’ve tried it. I won’t get it again though, lol.

We had time to kill before our next FASTPASS so we went back to the Cinderella Castle so lune can have a walk through inside.

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It took a couple of visits before I realised that we could go into the Castle itself. If you are a Cinderella fan, you would love it very much. The attraction itself is called Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall.

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I’m not exactly a huge fan of Cinderella myself (my favourite Disney Princess film is Sleeping Beauty), but I still appreciate the theming and decor inside.

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There’s even a glass slipper for guest to try on as well!

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It’s a shame that the glass slipper is a tad too small for me. xDDD

After that, we went back to Critter County for our next ride, Big Thunder Mountain.

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Big Thunder Mountain is actually one of the star rides in Tokyo DisneyLand. It’s fun and I always aim to go on it every time, but it hasn’t got any dips in the rides so I can’t say I love it.

The last ride on my Must Do list is Star Tours, which is in Tomorrowland. So we walked back that way pass Fantasyland again. 😂

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Since becoming a Star Wars fan (I am a very late bloomer), this ride gives me more and more joy to go on. I mean, I appreciated it before I was a fan but now I can spot all of the Easter eggs!

The ride isn’t that popular in Japan though, and the queue very typically non-existent. I appreciate the 5 minutes stand by queue (which is basically how long it takes to walk into the ride) but I worry about it.

After Star Tours, we had a lot of time left (it was before 5pm). I wanted to stay and see if there will be any firework that night so we took the opportunity to just walk around and take lots of photos. xD

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We walked by World Bazaar and came out to see the Castle once more.

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Since it was the end of June, the roses were still blooming so we took lots of photos of that. The background to my phone is still a picture of the roses with the Castle at the back. 🙂

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Here’s another picture of the Castle.

Afterwards, I wanted some ice-cream and the only place (I think) that sell chocolate soft-serve in Tokyo DisneyLand is the Troubadour Tavern.

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I stumbled upon this while we were walking back to Westernland. One of the cast members must have drawn it to entertain the guests on a rainy day.

Troubadour Tavern is at the border between Fantasyland and Westernland. I actually didn’t know the name of this counter service, I just know where it is and have to open the map up to see what it’s called. 😂

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I only like my ice-cream in chocolate flavour so I would walk back around to get it. 😂 Sorbet, I would eat almost any flavour because I like most fruits. But if it’s cream based, chocolate only. Not even chocolate chip with vanilla ice cream. Chocolate. Only. XP

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Anyway, being the foodie that I am, I also ordered these baked cheese potato  from Captain Hook’s Galley (right next to Troubadour Tavern) to try as well. They were great, but I was so full that I couldn’t finish it. 😂

We decided to go have a look at Toontown so we made our way through Fantasyland once more.

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Pretty flowers as we were walking around.

Now, here’s where my memory is a bit fuzzy. I just remember that another ride I usually go on at DisneyLand is the Haunted Mansion. But I have only one picture of it and it’s a blurry picture of lune taking a picture of the Haunted Mansion. 😂

So I’m not sure if we went on it on our way to Toontown or if it was closed for renovation. I’ve asked lune and will come back to update the answer.

Update: We did go on the Haunted Mansion! I should take better care to take a photo at the entrance to remind myself. 😂

Anyway, we went into Toontown because there is actually another ride to go on: the Gadget’s Go Coaster.

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This is pretty similar to the Barnstormer in Magic Kingdom and that is probably the first roller coaster I’ve ever been on. So I hold the Barnstormer near and dear to my heart, hence the Gadget’s Go Coaster getting similar treatment. I’m surprised that it actually took me this long to go on it! 😂

After the ride, we went around Toontown and took lots of photos.

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There are the Chip ‘n Dale’s Treehouse (above) and Donald’s Boat (below) where guests can explore.

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There’s also the Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey.

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It’s a Disney Character Greetings place to meet Mickey himself.

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Look at the mailbox!

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There’s also Minnie’s House (above) and Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House (below) where guests can walk through as well.

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Further back, the area is themed to Who Framed Roger Rabbit (I think).

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Until this April, I didn’t know that there’s another ride in there called Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin.

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It was still pretty nice to walk around through.

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One of the things I love about Disney Resort is the theming. They do go all out with it and it’s so easy for me to just immerse myself into the different parts.

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I took a picture of this sign because it cracks me up. Dr. I. Teethe! xD

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Castle in the evening

We walked back to the World Bazaar and were just looking around the shops. We then discovered a gallery on top of on the shops where guests can go up and have a look around.

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Sleeping Beauty, my favourite Disney Princess Classic film.

This was another place I discovered during this trip, even though I’d been to Tokyo DisneyLand many times before. The gallery was pretty amazing, especially the drawing board for Sleeping Beauty since I loved this film so much.

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I also discovered other animations that I’d never heard of before, like The Cookie Carnival.

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There are also figurines you can buy as well so I suppose it’s a combination of a gallery and a shop…? I actually can’t remember the name of the shop this was on top of either. All I remember is it’s roughly the opposite of the Penny Arcade…?

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I think due to the windy/cloudy weather, there was no firework that night. It was a good thing we already saw the firework in Tokyo DisneySea from the night before, but it’s a different feel to watch the firework with the Castle backdrop.

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Window display in front of one of the shops in World Bazaar. I love all of the Princess’s shoes!

Anyway, we decided that we should head back to the hotel so we slowly made our way back to the entrance. It’s after 8pm by then and we were both pretty tired.

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Another display from a shop.

One last picture of the Castle, all lit up at night.

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Two last pictures of the Tanabata decorations at night in the World Bazaar.

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A couple of pictures of the entrance of the park at night.

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As we were walking back to the train station, we popped into the huge shop at the front, called Bon Voyage.

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It’s basically the last stop guests can make to make sure that they have bought everything they want. xD

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I have another energy drink to keep me going on the journey back. It takes nearly an hour to travel from Maihama station (Tokyo Disney Resort) to Takadanobaba where we were staying.

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In total, it looks like we’ve walked more than our day in Tokyo DisneySea! We did walk through the path connecting Westernland, Critter County, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland multiple times during that day after all. 😂

 

And look! I only took 5 days to finish this blog post! It’s a massive improvement from 3 months. 😂

There are only 2 more days left of our trip, the other two entries should be much shorter than this one too because I did not take as many photos as I did in Tokyo Disney Resort. xD

 

Hope everybody is having a lovely weekend!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

PS – I went to see Incredibles 2 yesterday and it was, well, incredible! I know that The Incredibles is well loved and after re-watching it last weekend (in preparation for Incredibles 2), I could see why. It is a family film for both children and adult. And Incredibles 2 did not disappoint. The only thing I’d change is to have more Ednar Mode in it! Other than that, a brilliant sequel. Well done Disney and Pixar!

 

[June in Japan] Day 6 in Tokyo (a chill Sunday)

Oh boy, it has been a long time since I’ve written one of these posts. Even longer since the trip has happened! ^^” But hey, better late than never right? (I think this can become a new slogan for this blog, 😂)

Anywho, if this is the first time you’ve just stumbled across my blog, welcome! Here is the first part of this amazing adventure in Japan last June (2016): [June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto

Previously, on our adventure: [June in Japan] Day 5 in Tokyo (second day subway-ing)

Let’s get cracking on.

We could afford another late start to the day so I think we must have left our AirBnB after 10am. We still aimed to still be early enough to use the subway pass one last time to Tokyo station. (It being 48-hour rather than 2-day so we can still use it on the 3rd day as long as it’s before the time we start using it on the 1st day. Perks!)

We headed to Tokyo station so I can buy more goodies and to check out the Character Street underneath the JR Station.

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Brunch today 😉 Tonkotsu ramen~

We were hungry and since there is also a Ramen Street there, we had ramen for brunch. (Because it was late enough to be brunch, lol.) Tonkotsu ramen is my favourite and I believe this restaurant is called Ore-Shiki Jun.

We actually walked around a bit to try and decide which ramen restaurant to go for and i think one or two weren’t open yet. I kind of wanted to try another type of ramen just to expand my pallet but Ore-Shiki Jun caught our eyes the most. It wasn’t out of this world good (because I don’t remember much of it) but it was pretty decent.

After refueling, we walked around Tokyo station and I bought quite a bit of goodies which I’ll show at the end of this entry.

From my photos, we then hopped onto JR trains to get to…

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Takeshita Street entrance

Harajuku~ Yeap, again. lol However! There is a valid reason why we ended up in Harajuku again (other than the fact that it’s one of my favourite places in Tokyo).

But first!

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Banana and chocolate crepe

Another must-have at Takeshita street in Harajuku, crepe! Managed to get lune to have one as well. She didn’t want any until she saw that there was a tiramisu one and she ended up having that, lol.

The funny thing about these crepes is that I wasn’t that keen on them the first couple of times I visited Tokyo. I thought all of them would have lots and lots of whipped cream in there and I’m not the biggest fan of whipped cream.

Then a few years ago, I actually went up and read the menu just to see if they have any selections without whipped cream. Lo and behold, there’s a whole section without whipped cream so I’ve been getting at least one crepe per trip ever since xD

I tried to branch out from banana and chocolate fillings once with apple-cinnamon may be but I didn’t like it that much. So I think I’ll just stick to banana and chocolate for now, lol.

 

Anyway, here’s the reason why we came to Harajuku again:

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Soft kitty

For the cat cafe! It’s called Mocha Cat Cafe and there are several branches of them around Tokyo. I find the Harajuku one the easiest to find because I’m so familiar with the area hence this choice.

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Warm kitty

We also chose Mocha Cat Cafe, even though it is a bit pricey, because there’s enough information on their websites and their cafe in English.

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Little ball of fur

It’s a shame that most cats are asleep and didn’t appreciate us petting them…

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Happy kitty

There were also quite a few people around as well so there wasn’t a lot of space to just lounge.

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Sleepy kitty

I think we both went for the price that included unlimited drinks, but you really don’t need to. Plus, we were pretty full so we didn’t have that many drinks either…

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Paw paw paw

 

After Harajuku, we hopped onto the JR train to come to Shinjuku because I was on a hunt for drip-coffee for my dad. There’s a picture below to show how many packs I bought. xD

After my success with the coffee, it was dinner time!

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We tried to find a Japanese curry restaurant in Shinjuku. There must be at least one but we couldn’t find it. So in the end, we settled for okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza) instead.

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We had to order 2 because there were 2 of us so we went for cheese and seafood I think. The cheese one was very good with pork and pesto sauce!

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This seafood one was a classic too. We were very full by the end of dinner.

It was still pretty light when we came out after dinner, even though it was close to 7pm. Bless long summer days.

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Beautiful evening sky above Shinjuku.

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It was a pretty chill day, we also had a full, fun day ahead of us so we headed back to our AirBnB.

 

I bought quite a bit of snacks today so here are the pics!

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This is my favourite Tokyo Banana brand product. It has caramel filling inside and they only sell this at Tokyo Station! There are also many Tokyo Banana kiosks at Tokyo Station and I always have to walk around a few times to find the right place. 😂

But it’s always worth it though and I always have to get them every time I’m in Tokyo. -^^-

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Here’s another Tokyo Banana brand snack, but I believe it was the summer’s special. The filling inside is custard and cream cheese I think. It was pretty tasty.

 

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Above: shekwasha (which is a type of tangerine) flavour Below: Dark chocolate sublime Kit-Kat

There’s also a fancy Kit-Kat kiosk at Daimaru department store in Tokyo station and I picked up these 2 things. I love dark chocolate Kit-Kat so I had to pick the sublime one up. The shekwasha looked interesting and I think it was dark chocolate as well so I tried one. I don’t think it made that good of an impression on me because I have no recollection of how it tasted like. 😂

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And here are how many pack of coffee I bought back for dad. 😂

 

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I’d say it was a pretty chill day for us, we started pretty late and ended the day before the sun has set. However, we still managed to walk more than 10km! I’m quite happy with that.

 

Next on the list: Tokyo DisneySEA!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

 

PS – finally finish this entry! ^^” I want to post this tonight since it’s the night of the super blue blood moon. I had to google it up why it’s called this. It’s a blue moon because it’s the second full moon in this calendar month. It’s a super moon because it’s close to the Earth. And it’s a blood moon because there’s a lunar eclipse that makes the moon appears to be a red colour! Pretty impressive. Especially since I can see it from my bedroom window! Can’t believe my luck…

[June in Japan] Day 5 in Tokyo (second day subway-ing)

Writing these blog posts made me realised that it’s a brilliant thing I take so many photos. Or else I wouldn’t remember much about what I did on each day, unless there was a highlight to it like visiting an amusement park. As I was choosing the photos for today’s entry, I also realised that there was a gap for about a couple of hours during this day that I’m not sure what we did, lol. We’ll talk more about that when the entry reaches that point.

Anyway, back to our travelling blog post!

If this is the first time you’ve just stumbled across my blog, welcome! Here is the first part of this amazing adventure in Japan last June (2016): [June in Japan] Day 1 in Kyoto

Previously, on our adventure: [June in Japan] Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 2

So we are still in Tokyo! It probably is my favourite city in this world… It’s the fifth day of our trip and we are also still subway-ing around Tokyo because we got a lovely 48-hour subway pass.

But first! Breakfast!

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From Yoshinoya near our flat.

A pork-bowl with lots of negi (Japanese leek) and a raw egg yolk topping with a small bowl of miso soup.

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While on the subway…

Also tea to get me through the day. Here is my favourite royal milk tea found in the Japanese convenient store. I don’t think every convenient store has this brand though, Family Mart does stock them but not 7-11 I think…

And I will stop here tonight. The battery of the laptop is dying and my eyes are drooping. Will hopefully come back to this soon!

 

And then I left this entry for over a month before I can manage to come back to it ^^” I’ve left it for so long that I didn’t remember starting this entry or how much I’ve written it until I saw the entry in my draft section yesterday ^^”

So here I am, coming back to continue by adding all of the photos first, since that seems to be a way to get me to finish an entry. Plus, now I can just keep typing and not have to fiddle with adding images.

Let’s continue with our day!

As you could probably guessed, we made full use of the subway because we had the subway pass and so went to Ginza. There’s a cafe there I had been wanting to try, since Henri Charpentier is one of my favourite dessert shops in Japan

Welcome, to Ginza Maison, Henri Charpentier.

I was a little bit disappointed in the menu selection. There wasn’t anything that sprang out to grab my attention and I’m comparing the experience with their normal dessert line in department store kiosks, which usually leaves me torn with which one to choose.

In the end, I decided to go for a seasonal crepe dish with lime ice and zest, mango sauce and coconut crunch.

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I have to say, I was impressed with it. But then again, I probably wasn’t expecting much because this isn’t really my normal go-to dessert, lol. The lime ice was fantastic though and it went very well with the mango sauce and the crepes. The lime zest was a great touch too. I don’t think I was that impressed with the coconut crunch, but then I’m not that fond of them in the first place anyway.

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I, of course, also got a pot of tea. I was suffering from period cramps (it being the first day and all), hence the hot beverage. It was also probably why we didn’t do too many things on that day. I don’t think I could have coped with a lot of walking in my state.

(I am fortunate enough that I don’t suffer from sever period pains. It’s just annoying and makes me not want to do anything but to lie down, especially on the first day.)

Anyway, here are two photos of the interior inside the shop.

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Love how it spells ‘Celebration’. Woo!

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And here’s the entrance to the female toilet! How anyone could have found it without asking is a mystery. I asked or else I wouldn’t know.

 

And then I left this entry for, goodness knows how long ^^” Anyway, let’s see if I can finish this entry today.

After finishing with our lunch(?) at Ginza Maison, Henri Charpentier, we went to a building that hosts a stationary store as lune was looking for something for her cousin. I browsed around but didn’t have the budget to splurge, lol.

After that… we must have gone to Shibuya! xD I don’t remember this bit but the pictures are telling me this fact, lol.

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Here’s a picture of the famous Shibuya crossing!

I think we went to Shibuya to go buy our tickets to Tokyo Disney Resort at the Disney Store there.

After we’ve finished in Shibuya, we then went on to Shinjuku… Here’s the point where there are a few hours gap where I’m not sure where it went. I think may be we went exploring in Shibuya to look for Animate just to look at anime/manga products. We definitely did that but I’m just not sure which day that was xD

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That sign on top of this building has been there since April 2011, so I make it a point to snap a photo every time. 

Anyway, we went to Shinjuku to get some dinner and I managed to drag lune to have my favourite Japanese dish: tonkatsu (or the pork cutlet).

There is a restaurant I wanted to try out at Takashimaya Department Store hence why we ended up in Shinjuku.

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One of my favourite part of Tokyo. 

The restaurant is called Katsukura, on the 14th floor. This was the first time I’ve tried out this place, and I was excited! I think we had to queue for a bit but it didn’t take that long.

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The bowl for the sauce. The toasted sesame can be crushed in this bowl and then the sauce added.

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This was the set I got where there was a piece of pork cutlet and this vegetable, wrapped in tofu skin then covered in bread crumb and deep fried like the pork cutlet.

The pork was amazing, I was totally hooked and Katsukura definitely made it on the list of restaurants I must visit in Tokyo. 😉

So in the end, it was a pretty chill day. Here’s a summary of how much walking we did today:

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Considering that we didn’t really have a plan and that I wasn’t feeling my 100%, it’s still impressive that we managed to hit 12km of walking!

Also, here are some of the goodies I’ve bought during the trip so far. They are mostly snacks xD

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These are some fruit jellies I bought back for my little sister. She wanted a mix of flavours so I got all that were available for her. 

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This is a ‘takoyaki‘ flavoured potato chips that I loved. I tried them the last time I went to Osaka (April 2015) and made it a mission to buy it again this time around xD 

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They are kind of like croutons but triangular shaped in 53% brie cheese flavour. 

And last, but not least:

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Ritz snacks with cheese fillings. So good.

 

So here you go, finally, this entry is finally done. I wonder how many months it has been ^^” Well, it’s actually a year and a month since this trip so I really should get going with the entry….

 

Anyway, I’m going to sign off here. Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

 

With love,

From BKK

 

 

[June in Japan] Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 2

(I’ve never managed to finish this post on Saturday. Or Sunday. Or Monday. Or Tuesday. xD I’m hoping I can finish it today.)

Oh… New setting/format…? To the post page anyway… Not sure if I like this… But probably because I’m not used to it yet. Hmm…

I’m procrastinating from work. And I got cramps so the plan of going out to the coffee shop to do work is now in limbo. I will try to get some work done at some point today but the prospect is as grim as the weather outside today. (Which is pretty gloomy because it’s very foggy. Really, really foggy.)

Anyway, here’s the link to my previous post: Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 1 (WordPress makes it so convenient with the hyperlink!)

Now let’s see where I ended the post… Oh yes! The fig tart from Qu’il fait bon. (Now that I think about it, I think I bought the tart first, then saw the Tokyo Banana shop and bought the strawberry cake from Ginza after… but sat and ate them at the same time xD)

Lune and I found a small area with tables and chairs where people can just buy food from the shops around and sit and eat. So that was what we did with the tart.

Oh! I forgot another thing we got! From the Tokyo Banana shop, they were selling these. I think it says ‘Gin-no-budou Strawberry Milk Cake’.

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I believe it was a light sponge cake on the outside, and then fresh cream and some strawberry jam/puree on the inside…? It was quite nice and big but I prefer the other strawberry cake more. Though because this one got fresh cream, it can’t be kept for long. I think lune and I shared this one?

Anyway, we walked around the mall and then decided that we’d skip lunch and go straight to dessert.

Yes, even though I had a fig tart and strawberry milk cake, I still don’t think I’m full enough. xD There was actually a chocolate place lune wanted to visit so we walked around trying to find the place. Almost couldn’t find it…

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The Tanabata decorations around…

Apparently Max Brenner Chocolate Bar is well known. (I’ve actually made this spreadsheet where I typed out places I would like to visit around Tokyo, sorted by locations and colour-coded with what type of place is it. We ended going to the same places but it’s still nice having that spreadsheet ;D)

The location to this particular Max Brenner is here. We almost couldn’t find it because we actually had to get out of the building and walked around a bend to see the place.

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Chocolate lava cake with a scope of vanilla ice-cream. Oh! Found a menu! So the menu we got was called Melting Chocolate Heart Cake and Shake. I also got myself a cup of Earl Grey because I was in need of tea and that was the only blend of hot tea they served there.

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Chocolate is GOOD for you!

Such great decor 😉

We sat there for quite a while, just chilling and chatting with great chocolate dessert and tea for me.

However, there were still a few more places we would like to hit with the subway-pass so we gradually got a move on.

Our next destination was pretty close by as well so it didn’t take long at all on the subway. And it’s really popular among tourists.

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The classic red lantern in front of Sensoji Temple.

I actually can’t remember now how many times I have been to, possibly, the most popular temples in Tokyo. I definitely visited when I first went to Tokyo back in 2011 and then have taken numerous people to the place.

Asakusa was teeming with people as usual and then the rain started. ^^” Lune actually had to get some stuff from there for her family so we walked through (what I have just found out is called) Nakamise, looking at all of the stalls before coming to the main hall.

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The main hall of the Sensoji Temple.

As you can see, the umbrellas were out now…

I don’t think lune found what she was looking for but she wasn’t too worried so we went on to our next destination.

This time, it took quite a bit of time to get across Tokyo back to Harajuku again. Nestled in the middle of the buzzing city lies a huge area of so much peace that it has quickly become on of my favourite spots in Tokyo since the first time I’ve stepped inside it.

The Meiji Shrine is like a gem in Tokyo to me. The first time I’ve visited this well known shrine was, I believe, at the end of 2013. I was there with my family over Christmas and New Year so we had a lot of time to spare. I ended up wandering inside Meiji Shrine because I was looking for things to do. Imagine my surprise when I found out that what I thought was just another temple turned out to be one of the greenest, most peaceful place in Tokyo. That contrast was so jarring but it makes me love this place even more.

It was no different this time. As soon as you step through the huge wooden gate, it felt like I’ve stepped into another world.

(And this is as far as I’ve made it on Saturday. Let’s continue!)

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The main hall of Meiji Shrine.

It was even more quiet this time around because it’s been raining quite heavily for an hour or so. However, we weren’t the only one there either! I really like the atmosphere inside the Meiji Shrine, even in the rain. The rain actually made it refreshing yet peaceful.

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Every time I visit, I always pay 100 yen to get one of these poems. I believe they were written by the Emperor and I have been keeping one in my wallet ever since. This was the poem I got from this trip and I felt like the message was what I needed at the time.

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I also couldn’t help taking this photo because I’ve just never seen anything like this anywhere else. Of course you show the visitors what the gate would normally look like when it’s not undergoing reconstruction. xD It’s very considerate of them though, so that visitors who might never have a chance to visit the Shrine again will know what the gate normally look like.

After the peaceful time in Meiji Shrine, lune and I ventured out again to the bustling Tokyo for one last place to visit for the day.

Why were we there, you ask?

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For these gorgeous goodies. XDDD Yeap, we went there to line up for these Arashi‘s Waku Waku goodies. Oh! And I’ve forgotten! We actually went the day before too but they weren’t selling then because there was a baseball match!

Now we thought that if we go in the evening, surely the line would be short by then. And this was like, around 7pm already and I think the ‘shop’ was only opened till 8pm. But nope. Still a pretty long line! Lune and I had to separate to line up in different queues for different things!

But I was so happy with what we’ve gotten. Oh! The concert goodies (Japonism Arena Tour) were on sale then as well, that was why we had separate queues.

After a pretty packed day, we headed back to our AirBnB flat.

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Saw this in a convenient store and of course I had to buy and try it because of the presenter! xD

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It was very lemon-y. Though, I actually prefer the grape one more.

And that was it for our fourth day!

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As you can see, we still walked over 10 km though we did start quite late into the day xD.

We also continued to have a very chill, very relaxing weekend in Tokyo too. Hopefully I will get to the next entry very soon! But I’m yawning right now and it’s not even 8pm yet, lol. It’s been an exhausting week so far and may be it’s time to get some extra sleep.

Hope your week is going better than mine!

 

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – I forgot to mention the new toy I bought that day!

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It’s one of those clip-on lens for your phone camera. I was actually talking about this with lune before because she has one. And then we actually found it in LOFT at Tokyo Skytree Town. And it was around 500 yen AND it’s in pink! Of course I had to buy it and try it out!

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Top row: normal phone camera on the left and one with the wide lens on the right. Bottom row: normal phone camera on the left and with the macro lens on the right.

It came with two types of lens and I really should remember to bring it with me more. It’s fantastic to take on trips.

 

 

 

[June in Japan] Day 4 in Tokyo (first day subway-ing) Part 1

Oh it has been a long time for this series! xD Here is the previous entry to this trip series: Day 3 – To Tokyo we go!

And I’ve already put a ‘Part 1’ up in the title because I know I’m not going to get through to the end of the day because it’s 10 minutes to 9 and I’m sleepy but also stubborn xD And that I’m still waiting for a.) the rice to finish cooking, and b.) the laptop to finish charging. So I’m going to write and add picture till when both of those are done, click post and come back to finish it another day.

Right, here is what me and lune did on our 4th day!

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We went to get this subway 48 hours pass from Bic Camera near the West Exit of the Shinjuku JR station. They sell a slightly cheaper price for these there. I remember from the last time I went to Tokyo and they still sold it in June! You just need to show the staff your foreign passport with a tourist visa or the equivalent.

And this was an improvement from the previous 1-day/2-day/3-day pass. Those would expire at midnight no matter when you’ve started using the pass. These will only start counting the hours from the first time you’ve gone through the ticket gate. So we used the pass on the 4th, 5th and the morning of the 6th day ;D Very worthwhile!

We also got this pass because our first destination of today was the Tsukiji Fish Market! I believe we had ‘brunch’ there xD

But first thing first:

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We both love this tamagoyaki so much ❤

Lune loved them as well. She loved them so much that she ended up eating 3!! xD She got 2 first, then we went to have some food then came back and get one more. Now I felt like I should have gotten the second one with her as well… xD

And then we queued up at a restaurant and then this:

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I’ve ended up at this restaurant almost every time I go to the Tsukiji Fish Market ^^” And also ended up getting the same thing too! Especially the rice dish (on the right in the picture). I was greedy/hungry so I got the salmon plate on the right too. I normally would share this with my little sister but I think I finished this on my own this time, teehee.

After we were full, lune and I took a leisure stroll and slowly made our way back to the subway (after lune had her third tamagoyaki of course, xD).

We then head of to the tallest tower in Tokyo!

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From the subway station, coming up to the ground level. This was a common sight to see during that time, I believe these are the decorations for the Tanabata festival.

And here we are:

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Tokyo Skytree!

I really like the mall here (;D) which I believe is aptly named Tokyo Skytree Town. There are so many shops that I like as well as sweet shops that I adore *-*

For example:

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I’m not a big fan of their original ‘Tokyo Banana‘ but I love these Strawberry Cake from Ginza ❤ There are also flavours unique to Tokyo Skytree where you can only get them here too but I’ve never tried them. There is a another flavour that I love, but I think they only sell them at Tokyo Station. That, will come up later 😉

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A slice of fig tart from one of my favourite dessert places in Japan *-*

Ever since I’ve first visited Tokyo Skytree, I’ve always get one fruit tart from this place: Qu’il fait bon

I first heard of this place from a Japanese TV show that I love (Arashi ni Shiyagare) and the shop was recommended as one of the best fruit tart places in Tokyo. So I wanted to try it out. I did my research and found out that there is a branch in Tokyo Skytree and have been visiting the place ever since. This time wasn’t an exception, I looked around but when I saw that they got fig tarts, I really didn’t have any other choice xD I love fresh figs, so sad that it’s not easy to get them in Asia. I loved having them in England.

Oh! The rice is done and my laptop is fully charged! And it’s past 9pm, so I think I’ll sign off here for tonight xD Will try to come back to finish Part 2 on Saturday! I really do want to finish with this series, I’m now more motivated from the 30 day writing challenge!

Hope you are all having a good week! It’s Friday tomorrow ! Yay~

 

With love,

From GZ

 

PS – the weather was so gloomy today! Very British of GZ, lol. Rainy and grey and quite cold. But I think it will get warmer again tomorrow.

 

[30 Day Writing Challenge] Day 20

As always, here is the list of all of the 30 day challenge I am doing at the moment.

Today’s prompt is:

Day 20 —If you could go on only one more vacation in your lifetime, where would you go and why?

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Oh goodness. This is hard. This is really hard. But I think, when it comes down to one more vacation, it will have to be Japan.

And this would include Tokyo and Osaka because I ain’t giving up if I don’t hit both USJ and Tokyo Disney Resort in one trip.

Basically do the same thing I did with lune last year but this time, probably do it in early April to hit the cherry blossom season too 😉

Why?

Well, let’s break this down. Japan was always a country I wanted to visit since… probably 2006. Finally managed to make that dream come true in 2011 and it did not disappoint. It is still my favourite country to go to and Tokyo is possibly my favourite city to visit. I love the vibe, the atmosphere, the food, everything.

I have, have, have to do Tokyo Disney Resort (aka both Disneyland and Disneysea) one last time because these amusement parks remind me of my childhood and it always brings me such joy to visit each time.

Now, as much as Disney was a huge part of my childhood, Harry Potter is a massive part of my teenage years. So it won’t do my passion any justice if I don’t make it to USJ one last time too. To the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

In terms of which time of year, there is no doubt that my favourite time to visit Japan is during the cherry blossom season. That was when we had our first trip and it really did make a huge impression on me. Mind you, I’ve always have a love for the cherry blossoms from way before. I love flowers and pink and what did you say? There is a tree that will produce pale pink and delicate flowers all over?! No leaves?!?

And when I saw it with my own eyes, it was even more beautiful. I really, really do love cherry blossom season. Plus, that’s when the strawberries come out so there are so many seasonal menus with strawberries that I love~ ❤

The prompt didn’t ask who will be accompanying me but if I had to choose, it will be my family, close cousins and of course, lune. Big trip xD But we will have so much fun together, eat a lot of fantastic food and spend way too much.

It will be a trip of a life time 😉

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I may come back later on to add to hit the 500 word mark but I’m tired and my toe is still throbbing a little and I want to go back to watching Youtube clips about Disney Resorts (xD Thingamavlogs, I really enjoy their videos especially Tiff’s ones. Her food vlogs at one of the Disneylands (I think it was Tokyo…, here’s the link) was what caught my eyes and I really like watching her.)

I also managed to accidentally sweep a mug off a table last night. On to my foot. More specifically, onto my fourth toe (is that the correct way of calling it?). It is now… dark green in colour… ^^” I’ve been limping since last night and it’s been driving me a bit frustrated because I’m a fast walker and I can’t do it now. So have to take it easy for at least a week or so I think…

So yeah, going to try to rest more tonight. Oh yeah, the pain woke me up last night too. Or, I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t go back to sleep because of the pain… Boo.

Hope you are all having a much better Monday than I am!

With love,

From GZ

PS – been having a runny nose and feeling like I may be coming down with a cold too. Nooooo

PPS – I’ve also come back to add the links to the previous entries!

Day 1 —Select a book at random in the room.  Find a novel or short story, copy down the last sentence and use this line as the first line of your new story.

Day 2 —Tell about a character who lost something important to him/her.

Day 3 —Write about the worst time you’ve ever put your foot in your mouth.

Day 4 —Write a story/excerpt to include the line, “Sorry, we can’t insure you for a journey like that.”

Day 5 —Pick a letter of the alphabet.  Now imagine two aisles of your local supermarket.  List everything found in those two aisles that begin with that letter of the alphabet.

Day 6 —Write about a person who would buy all of those items in Day 5.

Day 7 —What sets you apart from the crowd?

Day 8 —Tell your life story from someone else’s point of view.

Day 9 —What was your favorite childhood toy?

Day 10 —What do you want to be remembered for?

Day 11 —What was your first childhood pet?  Describe it in detail.

Day 12 —What is your favorite day of the week?

Day 13 —Write about a random picture you would find in an envelope of finished prints at Costco.

Day 14 —Elvis still gets 100 Valentines each year.  Tell about one of the people who sent one.

Day 15 — Create a character who is falsely accused of a crime.

Day 16 —If we assume ghosts are real, what type of ghost would you like to see?

Day 17 — Write a short scenario set in the kitchen of a fast-food restaurant.

Day 18 —Take a reader behind the wheel with the worst driver you’ve ever known.

Day 19 —Write a list of 25 (or just 5!) things you want to do in your life.

[June in Japan] Day 3 – To Tokyo we go!

Huh… I thought I wouldn’t be able to post this entry until I go back to Thailand. WordPress has been giving me a hard time uploading images even though I’m sitting right beside the router…

Glad they are now all up there!

So here we are, the 3rd day for our trip from last June (I know, I know, but better late than never right…? ^^”)

But first, links to my previous entries on this trip:

Day 1 in Kyoto

Day 2 in USJ Part 1

Day 2 in USJ Part 2

I don’t think it will be a long entry either because we didn’t do much that day apart from sitting in a train and ate xD

We booked an early-ish train back to Tokyo, the Nozomi shinkansen left Shin-Osaka station at 9.10 so we had to be at Shin-Osaka before 9am at least. We ended up checking out pretty early and took the subway to Shin-Osaka.

We had enough time, in fact, to have breakfast!

Cue picture:

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A classic Japanese breakfast with rice, grilled fish and miso soup.

We found a small convenient restaurant near our platform in the station itself which served Japanese styled breakfast pretty quickly so we ate there. I was happy because I wanted some Japanese styled breakfast at least once while I was in Japan.

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Also had my favourite milk tea with me! I had nearly a bottle everyday for the whole trip! I’ve tried other brands too but this one is my favourite. And it was tricky, because not every convenient stores sell them… I mostly had to hunt for Family Mart.

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Our train ticket

Lune and I talked about whether do we wanted to splurge a little bit more for the Nozomi train, which is the fastest from Osaka to Tokyo. The ones I’ve been on were Hikari ones which is the second fastest. The Nozomi trains are not included in the JR Rail Pass so never had the chance. We didn’t buy any Rail Pass this time since we only needed one trip into Tokyo so we thought, why not?

I planned on sleeping on the train, but somehow didn’t. No idea why… May be I was too excited to get to Tokyo…? ^^”

It was a smooth journey and we arrived at Shinagawa station before lunch time.

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This was the waiting area where I sat and waited for our Shinkansen during my first ever trip to Japan. That was back in April 2011 and we landed in Tokyo but took the shinkansen to the Kansai area before coming back to explore Tokyo. So seeing this scene again brought back fond memories 🙂

We then took the JR train to Takadanobaba where our AirBnB was!

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We passed by Harajuku on our way so I couldn’t help but to take a photo ;D

And look at what (or who, rather) I spotted on the train too!

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May I introduce you all to Sakurai Sho, my favourite Jpop idol ;DDD I’ve really been into Jpop for over a decade now and that pushed my interests (and shall I say, passion?) for Japan and its culture to the maximum level xD

Anyway, our room was pretty nice. We actually booked the one in Shinjuku, because I love that area and it’s been a while since I got to stay there. But there was a change in the law or something about AirBnB in Japan so the owner has to shut that one down and moved us to this one in Takadanobaba instead. Apparently it was bigger and there was a king size bed and a sofa bed. There was a small kitchen and a washing machine too so it was great for me since it was summer time and I didn’t want to save all of the laundry for 10 days…

The owners were really nice and were kind enough to let us ‘check-in’ to our room earlier than normal so we went in, dropped our luggage, freshened up a bit and headed out for lunch again!

We headed back to Harajuku because Lune and I are fangirls and I wanted ramen xD

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One of my favourite dishes to have in Japan at Jankara Ramen! This was recommended to me since my first trip but I didn’t plan on going to it. And then my family and I stumbled upon it by accident! lol It wasn’t until I sat down that I realised it was the same place as the one my friend recommended to me. And because the first time we went was in April 2011, we were the only patrons in the shop (granted it was around 2pm but the shop has never been that empty every since).

We can now request for the egg to be soft-boiled only too so it’s always heavenly to have this bowl of ramen.

IB grade: a strong 6

After a fulfilling lunch, we walked down Omotesando road to Kiddy Land. Where we proceeded to spend a few hours in, exploring each floor and Lune was shopping for a friend xD

However, the exhaustion finally caught up with me and I really needed a place to sit down so we walked back towards Harajuku JR station to Pablo cafe.

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I told you we went to Pablo more than once during this trip! xD We also tried out their classic cheese tart as well as this scrumptous cheese honey toast. I had a pot of tea to keep the exhaustion and headache at bay too…

The cheese tart was ok, we were too full to fully enjoy it but we dug out every single cheese pieces in there!

The cheese honey toast though… Om nom nom… The honey actually made the taste more conflicting so I would highly recommend you to just have the cheese toast on its own. So good.

By that time, the day was moving towards the evening so we made our way back to our room. I had an important appointment to keep too. You’ll see.

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There was a 7/11 convenient store on the way and because I’m a sucker for presenter/ads, I bought this energy drink.

Oh, it looked similar? Well, why don’t you scroll up towards the top and see.

Yeap, the same one that Sho-kun was a presenter off xDDD Solely the only reason why I bought it in the first place. And then I tasted it and was hooked! The jelly was so grape-y!!! It felt like I was eating a really delicious grape jelly drink. I bought quite a few of these during my trip.

We also bought our light dinner at the convenient store too so we can eat in our room.

So what was the appointment that made me go back so early in the evening?

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VS Arashi is normally on every Thursday at 7pm on Fuji TV. One of my favourite shows of all time. It was soooo fun!! And even though I know little Japanese, I still enjoyed it massively. ;DDDDDDDDDDDD

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And here’s dinner, salad with peach yoghurt (because you got to have peaches during a Japanese summer). I told you it was light! XD

All in all, not a busy day. We just started early so a reason to go back to our room and rest early was a good thing.

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Just to show how much we walked that day.

We pretty much chilled around Tokyo for a couple of days before hitting Tokyo Disney Resort. It was still great fun to spend time with my wife in pretty much our favourite city 😉

And I think I’ll sign off here! I’m scheduling this post to go up tomorrow instead because I want to write something about my birthday over the weekend. But it’s 7pm already! Let’s hope that my internet is strong enough so I can do something on the bed instead of in the spare bedroom….

Hope you are all having a great week!

With love,

From GZ

PS – Flying home on Thursday! Whoop whoop!!

PPS – I actually finished this entry first before yesterday’s one about my birthday. But decided to postpone publishing this entry until today…

PPPS – 25 January is actually Sho-kun’s birthday so お誕生日おめでとうございます! I hope you have a wonderful birthday and a fantastic year ahead! <3<3

PPPPS – this entry was suppose to go up on the 25th of Jan but I just found out today (1 Feb) that it didn’t happen…. Why, WordPress? Why?

Of a ‘new’ year. Part 1

I actually can’t quite believe that it has been nearly 4 months since I’ve last updated this blog… ._. How fitting was it that my last entry was about the mind of a procrastinator and then I lived up to its name. ^^”

I’ve been wanting to come and blog for nearly a whole 24 hours (again, living up to my blog’s name), only gotten around to it when my laptop’s battery is down to 39% and it’s nearly my bedtime.

Ah, my self-imposed deadline works somewhat then.

So I thought I should do a brief update of what has happened in the last 4 months. In numbered list because that seems to be easiest for me.

1. I managed to survive my first year of working in GZ. It was grueling towards the end, wasn’t sure I was going to make it a few times just because instead of work lightening up, it got worse the closer it was to the holiday. I really didn’t quite get that. I got quite stressed at the end of the year…

2. Ah, but before that, we went to HK in the end of April/beginning of May! That was a lot of fun! Went to HK Disneyland and ate loads of fantastic food and met lovely, lovely people. It was definitely one of my highlights last year. Will have to do a post to put up food photos xD

3. When the holiday finally arrived, I was so ready to head back home. Spent just over a week in BKK where we went to the beach! It wasn’t our usual beach destination and we were trying out this new hotel for the first time, but I must say I was hooked! Great accommodation at a reasonable price and we got to spend time at this ‘Sunset Lounge’ which gives you free snacks and drinks in the evening. I also hit their gym and worked out instead of swimming too so that was great for my weight. I really did try to lose a few kilos before I went to Japan with my best friend/wife, lune.

Which brings us to the next number, but because I want to go all out rambling about it, I’ll subdivide them xD

4. Definitely one of the highlights of my summer holiday this year was to go to Japan with my BFF. We’d been planning for this trip since possibly this time last year, I know we booked our plane tickets in September 2015 so to say it was our long awaited trip was an understatement xD

4.a. We flew with Thai Airways to Kansai International Airport. Landed in the morning, went to the hotel in Osaka to drop our bags then headed out to Kyoto. Managed to rent out a yukata and finally made it to Fushimi Inari Shrine! *-* Also made it to the top of the hill for Kiyomizu Dera too xD I couldn’t quite believe how much we walked (and how energised I was considering I had less than 4 hours of sleep). Mind you, it was only the first day…

4.b. USJ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Oh, my goodness. It was like a dream-come-true, being able to go to USJ and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with lune. We totally geeked out over Harry Potter together ever since, well, the start of our friendship. I still remember that when I had my right arm in a cast, it was lune who took notes in classes for me while I was reading the third Harry Potter book under the desk. It was totally a sign that we were destined to be BFF 😉 And we kinda got back into fandom again quite recently so being able to share this experience with her was unreal…

4.c. We took the Shinkasen to Tokyo. (The only reason why we went to Osaka first was for the USJ so once that was done, we were all like, ‘Yeap, let’s spend the rest of our time in Tokyo.’ xDDD) We stayed in a flat from AirBnB in Takadanobaba area. I stayed at a hotel around there in December so I am pretty familiar with the area. And of course, the first place we went to was Harajuku xDDD

4.d. Bought a 48 hours subway card the next day and then hit the Tsukiji Fish Market the next day! And then of course, Tokyo Skytree and a brief visit to the Sensoji Shrine in Asakusa and the Meiji Shrine at Harajuku in the rain.

4.e. It was an easy day the next day, went to Ginza area to check out the Henri Charpentier tea salon and then dinner at a fantastic tonkatsu (pork cutlet) restaurant in Shinjuku.

4.f. The next day found us at Tokyo Station in the late morning. We had brunch at one of the restaurants on the Ramen Street. Then we went to a cat cafe in Harajuku and finished the day at an okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza) restaurant in Shinjuku.

4.g. Another highlight on this trip is visiting Tokyo Disney Resort with lune. We went to Tokyo DisneySEA first because the weather was better that day and I wanted lune to enjoy the night show at DisneySEA. We had a fabulous time, managed to went on all of the rides we wanted. We ate some delicious food too and took loads and loads of pictures.

4.h. Of course we then went to Tokyo DisneyLAND the next day and sadly, the weather was much wetter. It was a good thing that I brought my cardigan with me because it was quite cold. Rain meant less people so we were able to go on a lot more rides here, some we even went on twice just because we had the time xD We even managed to get on a ride which is very similar to my childhood roller coaster!

4.i. The next day was spent catching up on sleep (xD). We did manage to get to Ikebukuro where we had a curry buffet for brunch, I had an apple pie earlier and lune had her choux cream. We both spent a small fortune at the gashapon machines area at Ikebukuro station because we found one that had our childhood cartoon merchandise! We then finished the day in Shinjuku where I found my latest favourite chocolate place in Tokyo *-*

4.j. I won’t lie, it was a bit gloomy on our last day because I couldn’t quite believe that the trip was nearly over. I had such a fantastic time in Japan with my best friend and we ate loads and spent a fortune shopping and laughed and smiled and created so many wonderful memories. It was, hands down, one of the best trips I have ever had. Ever. ❤

 

*Look at the time* *Look at the laptop’s battery*

I think, I have to stop here today. Darn. I knew it was going to be long, even if it was in a numbered list, since I have so many things I want to write about. Didn’t quite realise that I would actually be able to do only half of what I intended to… Ah, I shall have to come back tomorrow then. And I will try my best to come back and update part 2 tomorrow!!

For now, my sleep beckons xD I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!

 

With love,

From GZ